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Perpetual Button Calendar 

Written By: Diane Gilleland 


I know calendars (and clocks and address books) are quickly becoming computer-centric 
tools, but I like the old-school charm of this desk calendar. Make it once, and you can use it 
forever - just move the numbers to their correct location each month, and change the 


Picture frame, 11"x14" or 16"x20", see belowSheet of foam board or 1/2"-thick corkRulerCraft knifePiece of woven 
fabric, about 24"x30"Spray adhesiveMasking tapeScissors42 large buttons, 3/4" to 1" in diameter42 flat-head thumb 
tacks5 sheets card stock, for numbers and nameplates Downloadable name/number template3/4" circle punch, 
optional E-6000, or similarly strong glueWater-soluble fabric markerFine-point Sharpie2 squares of wool or acrylic feltl 
sheet of Friendly Felt, or lightweight chipboardSewing machine and thread2 sets Velcro dots plus 22 "loop" style dots 
(the softer half of a Velcro pair)Greeting card envelope 

Note: All dimensions given here are approximate, so you have some flexibility with the 
button size you use. Here's how I recommend choosing your picture frame: lay your buttons 
out in six rows, with seven buttons in each row. Leave a small amount of space between 
them. Now, measure now much space this arrangement takes up, and then choose a frame 
that fits. 

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• Step 1 : First, prepare the 

background. Cut a piece of foam 
board (or cork) to fit your frame. 
Press the fabric and then spread it 
out face down on your work 
surface. Spray on a little spray 
adhesive on the back of the fabric. 
Then, place the foam board over 
the center of the fabric. You should 
have about 4" of fabric on all sides 
of the foam board, so trim away 
any excess. Then, begin pulling the 
edges of the fabric over to the back 
of the foam board, taping them 
down firmly with masking tape. At 
the corners, pull the corner of the 
fabric in first and tape it. 

Step 2 

• Step 2: Pull the two sides over, 
making them as smooth as 
possible. Tape the fabric down 
wherever needed until it's smoothly 
wrapped over the board. Pop this 
into the frame. 

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Step 3 

• Step 3: Print the handy PDF 
template onto card stock and cut 
out all the numbers. A 3/4" circle 
punch makes this job faster, but 
you can also use scissors. (I did!) 
Use a tiny dab of E6000 to attach a 
number to each button. You'll have 
11 buttons left over. These will be 
left blank and used as place 
holders. You might want to glue a 
small piece of card stock to the 
backs of these buttons so you can't 
see through their holes. 

Step 4 

• Step 4: While the glue is drying, lay 
out your buttons again in six rows 
of seven buttons each, this time on 
the frame. Move them around until 
you have them centered side to 
side and there's about 2" of space 
at the top for the month name. 
When you have both rows of 
buttons placed as you like them, 
use a water-soluble marker to 
make small marks on the fabric: 
Along the bottom row of buttons, 
make a mark at the center bottom 
of each button. Along the right-hand 
column of buttons, make a mark at 
the center right of each button. 

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• Step 5: Set the buttons aside. Now 
use the marks you made along the 
bottom of the fabric in Step 4 to 
make seven straight, vertical lines 
on the fabric. (Use a light touch 
with the marker.) As you can see 
here, if you have a wide ruler, you 
can brace one end against the 
bottom of the frame and use this to 
keep your line straight. 

Step 6 

• Step 6: Now, take a break from 
measuring and use E6000 to glue a 
thumb tack to the back of each 
button. Let the glue dry for several 
hours before you handle the 
buttons again. 

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Step 7 

• Step 7: Meanwhile, draw horizontal 
lines on your calendar using the 
marks you made along the right 
side of the frame in Step 4. With a 
ruler, draw six straight horizontal 
lines across the calendar. (Again, 
use a light touch with the marker.) 

Step 8 

• Step 8: Use a fine-point Sharpie to 
draw a noticeable dot at the each 
point where these lines intersect. 
These dots will be your guide for 
sticking the thumb tacks into your 

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Step 9 

• Step 9: With the guide dots drawn, 
you can use a moistened cotton 
swab or paper towel to wipe away 
the water-soluble marker lines. 

Step 10 



• Step 1 0: Now, make some 

nameplates for the months on your 
calendar. Begin by cutting out the 
month names from the PDF 
template you printed to card stock. 
Cut 12 strips of felt, each 1 1/2" 
tall. Spray some adhesive onto the 
backs of the card stock pieces, 
and then press them into the felt 
strips, centering them top to 
bottom. Trim away the excess felt. 

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Step 11 

• Step 1 1 : Cut a piece of Friendly 
Felt the same size as each name 
plate. This stiffened felt adds a little 
thickness and stability. (If you can't 
find Friendly Felt locally, you can 
use lightweight chipboard instead.) 

Step 12 

• Step 12: On a sewing machine, join 
the felt to the Friendly Felt by zig 
zag stitching around all four edges. 
Then, make a straight stitch around 
all four sides of the card stock. 
Repeat this process with the other 
11 nameplates. 

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Step 13 

• Step 13: To assemble your 

calendar, just press the thumbtack 
buttons into the base at the guide 
dots you marked, arranging the 
numbers according to the month. 

Step 14 

• Step 14: To attach the nameplates, 
I used Velcro dots. Glue two "hook" 
dots to the base with E6000. Then 
glue two "loop" dots to the back of 
each nameplate, being careful to 
position everything so that the 
nameplates are centered side to 
side on the calendar, and the dots 
on the nameplate are spaced to 
match up with the dots on the 

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Step 15 

• Step 15: I glued some extra foam 
board to the back of my finished 
calendar, so I'd have a place to 
store extra button tacks. You can 
also glue an envelope back there to 
hold your extra nameplates. You 
can add a wall hanger if you like, or 
simply lean your calendar against a 
wall on your desktop. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 12:58:01 AM. 

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